Thursday, May 23, 2019

Holy Ground



"My love for New York is very, very deep. Because of the theater it has been my mecca since early childhood. Every film, every photograph spoke of the promise of a new life, worth dreaming of… It is holy ground for me."
Val Kilmer, Woodward Gallery


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Gigantism



"All in all, New York represents the most extreme case of grotesque gigantism until now achieved by mankind. It suits me just fine.”
Max Beckmann, Max Beckmann in New York

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

American Ambitions

The Beresford

"Until you have lived in New York, you haven't lived. The city is a reason to love America in part because it is a distillation of American ambitions. It also shows what happens when those ambitions are distributed among eight million people living in tight and steely quarters."
Roger Rosenblatt, Where We Stand

Monday, May 20, 2019

Male

NY subway station (Pixabay)

"New York is male. Manhattan is like a penis! It's a hard city, strong, dynamic and active. It's the yang of cities."
Gonzalo de Cora Sierto, Humanos y marcianos en Nueva York

Friday, May 17, 2019

Utopian World

Dumbo

"Brooklyn's kind of amazing, I'm not gonna lie. It’s a strange, utopian, fabulous world. John and I have become institutionalised; we just stay in Brooklyn now. The people are cool, we walk everywhere. The restaurants are fabulous and everyone has a stroller. So we fit right in."
Emily Blunt, Evening Standard

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Assault on the Senses



"New York is an assault on your senses. Every other moment you feel like you’ve stepped into a movie. You can almost see the air warp and blur as you step in and out of a New York set piece – construction workers whistling at you as you walk, a Wall Street suit biting into a hot dog, an uptown girl walking her poodle in sky-high heels. And then the air blurs again and you’re back as yourself, out of the movie and into the unscripted."
Grethe Kemp, Traveller 24

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Self Expression



"I have enjoyed New Yorkers so much. I like the way the people are. I like that people just yell at you in the street and then they're like, 'Okay, bye.' Everybody just expresses themselves and then moves on with it. Passive-aggressive behavior just doesn't exist in that city."
Missy Pegregrym, Parade

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Friendly Rain



"Rain in New York seems to arrive from so great a distance, picking its way through so many intervening obstacles, as to be a friend bearing a precious message."
John Updike, Architectural Digest

Monday, May 13, 2019

Battlers



''I love New York. I love everything it stands for. It's a city of battlers. I don't care if you're Harry Helmsley, Donald Trump, Mayor Koch or Joe Jones working on a construction site, you've got to battle for everything from the time you get up till you go to bed. I think New York epitomizes what made this country great.''
George Steinbrenner, The New York Times

Friday, May 10, 2019

Needs and Wants



"New York is huge and inscrutable and narcissistic; it's so self-involved that your needs and wants are irrelevant Your needs and wants are funny to New York It laughs about them. It laughs itself sick"
Anne Lamott, Crooked Little Heart

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Reputation

Broadway

"New Yorkers had a reputation for being rude, and there was the standard joke about not making eye contact. But New Yorkers weren't rude; they were just trying to get from point A to point B on an island that was sometimes filled with more than twenty million people."
Heather Graham, Flawless

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Menagerie



"A metropolis, a menagerie filled with yellow, white, red, black, brown. You name it; it all exists in New York. Every color of the rainbow, every language of the planet, every food of the world, every fantasy you can imagine… nearly every."
Gayle Kirschenbaum, Medium

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

New York is New York




"New York—as every American who does not live there will only be too happy to tell you—is not America. New York is the Big Apple while America is a land of small cities. New York is cosmopolitan while America is rustic. New York never sleeps while America turns out the lights at nine thirty. New York is spendthrift and bohemian while America is based on the puritanical ideals of work ethic and family. In short, New York is New York while America is Lynn, Massachusetts."

Yair Lapid, Memories After My Death

Monday, May 6, 2019

Giant Machine

Williamsburg

"Madhouses like New York absorb life, swallow it whole. City as vacuum cleaner. It rumbles, it heaves, it coughs, it's an engine of the global industrial economy. It's supposed to be noisy and cantankerous and brash and irreverent—it's a giant machine."
David Rosane, Still the Same Hawk

Friday, May 3, 2019

Street Theater



"Where politer European cities might have had street mimes, New York has always had the Brechtian street theater of pavement psychodrama: the muttering, bellowing, gesticulating and teetering looney tunes for whom the drugs are no longer working, who look like characters from Exodus, prophets of urban collapse and carnal comeuppance."
A.A. Gill, The Golden Door

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Fairy-Tale Cardboard City

Manhattan

"The sky over New York always looks low, and now in the night, the brightly lit tops of the skyscrapers seemed not only to reach stars but also be carved out of those. Manhattan looked like a fairy-tale cardboard city."
Joseph Migirov, Mister Broadway

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Positive Force



"One of the things I like here is that it is not all about class and where you went to school and what your parents do, and everyone in New York is from somewhere else, and that creates a very positive force. I love it here."
Anna Wintour, quoted in Winners: And How They Succeed